Recipes from This Lovely Place

Snacks, desserts, casseroles and more. Nothing fancy, just real food that families love.

Handy Holiday Recipe List


Confession: My recipe cabinet is only semi-organized. The cookbooks stand in a row and there’s a notebook with old cooking magazines inside, but not one of the recipes is computerized or tagged. Random recipes written on loose cards or notes and torn-out magazine pages are stored in a big zip-loc bag. That’s the extent of […]

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix for Chilly Days


Cold, damp weather goes hand in hand with drinking hot chocolate.  It’s the ultimate comfort drink for our family during cool weather.   It is forbidden to drink hot chocolate during warm weather by the Tradition Police (the older children). You have to wait until at least the first official day of Fall to drink the […]

Fall Treat: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fall Treat: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Easy DIY savory crunchy pumpkin seeds!

Today’s article is brought to you by one of my daughters!  When Sarah and her family visited recently, they made a batch of these yummy seeds, so I asked her to share the recipe with you.  ~ With love, Charlotte Fall Treat:  Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Sarah Vera Nothing says fall like pumpkin, right? To […]

Perfect Potluck Dessert: Sopapilla Cheesecake


Church potlucks can be an amazing dining experience, with everyone bringing their best dishes to share. As a pastor’s wife I’ve attended my share of potlucks over the years, and I have a few favorite recipes for dishes that I like to bring, depending on the theme. To be honest, I’d eaten this cheescake a […]

Simple Summer Salad


Simple and fresh describe the best summer lunches. With just four ingredients, and no need to turn on the oven or stovetop, this simple summer salad fills the bill. I’ve been eating this salad most of my life–I remember my mom bringing home this recipe from work. The crunch of the peppers contrasts with the […]

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe


Ever been to a potluck and tasted something so delicious and different, you just HAD to have the recipe? This broccoli salad recipe is one of those must-haves. I have to admit I’m not much of a salad eater. Since I don’t like to get too full, I’d rather save my hunger for the main […]

Summer Cookout Favorites


When our family has a cookout, it’s usually a gathering for a big group of people. The menu includes hamburgers and hot dogs, and guests often bring side dishes and desserts. Cheerful touches like a checked tablecloth and flowers create a festive atmosphere. Make some iced tea and lemonade, and you’ve got a party! If […]